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September 27, 2009 - 9:40pm
One of my major growth moments as an administrator came in my first year. In a meeting about course scheduling, I made a crack about how teaching too many sections of composition in a single semester can be excessively draining. (My language was a bit less polished.) I had actually done that load myself, so I spoke from experience, but it was very much with my faculty perspective.
September 27, 2009 - 9:08pm
The main reason I go to the annual EDUCAUSE conference is to spend quality time with the educational technology vendors on the exhibitor floor. You can see an interactive map of all the companies signed up for a vendor booth at this link.
September 27, 2009 - 8:43pm
In a recent article in The Chronicle , Mary Ann Mason discusses ways the deck is stacked against ambitious women. The entire article is worth reading, but this passage, in particular, evoked strong memories and mixed feelings:
September 27, 2009 - 12:23pm
I've pretty much given up on the mega-corporate media as sources of objective information with one exception -- they do report objectively on the subjective. They trumpet conventional attitudes and "conventional wisdom", amplifying aspects of both which serve a particular set of interests (not necessarily the interests of you or me). I was gobsmacked by one specific instance of that this Sunday.
September 24, 2009 - 10:17pm
I'm playing another round of every manager's favorite game, "why wasn't I notified?"
September 24, 2009 - 10:12pm
One of the best things about my job in learning technology is that I get to work in a library. How many of you have your physical offices inside your campus library? The future, I believe, will be the intermingling and merging of the academic library and academic technology disciplines. Even if academic technology and academic library services remain organizationally independent, our daily work and strategic goals will become increasingly intertwined.
September 24, 2009 - 9:47pm
The term “altruism” is used in economics to describe the situation where one person’s well being depends, in part, on the well being of another, perhaps leading to donations of time or money. In contrast, the term “impure altruism” is used, without any sense of judgment on the giver, to describe a situation where the giver improves their own well-being not just from the improved state of the recipient, but also from the act of giving itself.
September 23, 2009 - 9:44pm
Readers of a certain age have probably heard of the white glove test. As I understand it, it was a test of cleanliness in which a woman (it was always a woman) wearing a white fabric glove would trace her finger along a tabletop, and it would pass if her glove didn't get dirty. I don't know if this ever actually happened or if it's like the guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who jumped into the Erie Canal and landed on a cow, but the expression survives.
September 23, 2009 - 9:28pm
Listening to the inauguration speech of Dartmouth's new President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, marks one of the more inspiring moments in my career as a learning technologist. Dr. Kim talked about learning. We learning technologist love to talk about learning. We inject learning theory and learning research into our talks and workshops on technology. In our collaborations with faculty we always try to talk first about learning and teaching goals, and only then about what technologies best support these goals.
September 23, 2009 - 9:17pm
There’s no denying it. The school year is in full gear now. Labor Day has passed. October is coming. My heart breaks every year in September at the reality of resuming my twice a month commute to see my kids in Florida. Since my teenagers are starting to think about colleges soon, I recognize how precious the remaining days are for us to share dinner together, or for me to challenge my son about not mowing the grass or my daughter for emptying her closet onto her floor. I already miss these complaints!

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